There’s no more baseball on during Friday Night any longer. We’re stuck with college football. That’s not such a bad thing. There are two plays on Friday night in college football you should consider.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Wyoming Cowboys
Friday, October 30, 2020 – 9:45pm EST Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium
Hawaii played their first game exactly ten months ago, against the Fresno State Bulldogs and came away with a win 34-19 in their first game of the season. Meanwhile, Wyoming didn’t have much success in their loss to Nevada, 37-34 in overtime.
Hawaii is a slight favorite on the road via NCAAF oddsmakers and for good reason. The Rainbow Warriors had 552 yards on offense, totaling 323 yards on the ground and 229 yards in the air behind quarterback Chevan Cordeiro. Cordeiro didn’t have a touchdown in the first game of the season but he went 20 of 31 for 229 yards.
The one problem for Hawaii on offense was the sacks. Cordeiro was sacked four times but was still able to get out of the pocket and run. Cordeiro isn’t just a passer. He attempted 13 runs for two touchdowns and 116 yards. That’s an average of 8.9 yards per rush after one game.
The defense allowed just 19 points to Fresno State but still allowed 409 yards on defense. Hawaii struggled against the pass, allowing nearly 300 yards in the air and also allowed 120 yards on the ground.
Wyoming’s first loss of the season was against Nevada, on the road, in overtime. The Cowboys had just 361 yards of offense with 223 yards passing and 128 yards rushing. Hawaii allowed their fair share of yards in the first game and Wyoming is more than capable of scoring the football.
However, Wyoming struggled defensively, allowing 496 yards on defense with 420 of it coming in the air. Yes, Wyoming allowed 420 yards passing in their 37-34 loss. But Hawaii is a run-first offense with a quarterback that seems to rather run the football.
Wyoming allowed just 76 yards on the ground against Nevada and if they can allow even double that number on the ground, Wyoming will have a solid shot at pulling off an upset against Hawaii at home.
Wyoming is starting freshman quarterback Levi Williams. He’s inexperienced but has talent. He threw for one touchdown and also had a turnover in the first game. Williams will also attempt to run and had 10 rushes for 40 yards, averaging four yards per carry. He scored two more touchdowns on the ground.
If there was a prop for both quarterbacks to score rushing touchdowns, this would be the game. Wyoming and Hawaii were both projected near the middle of the Mountain West this season. Wyoming had a couple more votes in the preseason power poll.
Hawaii will not gain 552 yards on offense in this game and will struggle on the ground a little bit. The defense, on the ground, should help Wyoming stay in this game. Wyoming only needed 361 yards to score 34 points. Give me Wyoming at home as a slight underdog at the best betting sites.
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Maryland Terrapins
Friday, October 30, 2020 – 7:30 pm EST at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium
Minnesota was hit with COVID and had plenty of their roster sitting out in their loss against Michigan to start Big Ten play. Yet, Minnesota hung around Michigan early and put up a fight against the number 18 team in the country.
Meanwhile, Maryland started Tua Tagovailoa's brother, Taulia Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa was a transfer from Alabama and got the start as a sophomore with Maryland. He went 14 of 25 against Northwestern for 94 yards in their 43-3 loss to Northwestern.
It was embarrassing for Maryland. This team doesn’t look good. Maryland had just 207 yards on offense and allowed 537 yards on defense to Northwestern. Meanwhile, Minnesota had their struggles behind the veteran leader and quarterback Tanner Morgan. Morgan threw for 197 yards and a touchdown along with one interception.
However, Minnesota did find some running room with Mohamed Ibrahim rushing for 140 yards on 26 attempts along with two touchdowns. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry. Maryland allowed Northwestern to rush for 325 yards. The Minnesota rushing game should be fantastic against Maryland. However, Minnesota’s defense wasn’t great either, but they faced a very tough challenge against Michigan, a team with much more talent than Northwestern.
The reality is that Minnesota has plenty of playmakers and has the ability to score at will against poor defenses. Maryland will be the worst defense Minnesota will play all year long. I'm taking them at top-rated sportsbooks.
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